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Tuesday, 3 July 1906
Page: 949


Mr McCOLL (Echuca) .- When the Arbitration Bill was under consideration, I think that the honorable member for Hindmarsh was one of the strongest supporters of the proposal to extend a preference to unionists. If that was not a* preference to individuals I do not know what it was. . It has always been recognised that in legislation of this character the tillers of the soil should be treated somewhat differently from other classes. The maun object of the Bill is to protect town industries. When the Arbitration Bill was under discussion, the AttorneyGeneral recognised the truth of my contention, and deliberately exempted from its operation certain sections of the community. Consequently it is too late in the day to urge that persons engaged in these special occupations should not be exempted from the provisions of this measure. ] have always set my face against imposing any unnecessary restrictions upon the tillers of the soil, and I shall endeavour to give effect to that principle in connexion with this Bill. At a later stage I intend te move to insert in paragraph d of clause 3, after the word " trust," the words " but does not include a combination of persons engaged in agricultural, horticultural, and viticultural pursuits in relation to those industries."


Sir William Lyne - That is an electioneering dodge.


The CHAIRMAN - The Minister of Trade and Customs must not impute motives.







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